Thus says the Lord:
"Stand beside the earliest roads,
ask the pathways of old
which is the way to good,
and walk it;
thus you will find rest for souls."
-- Jerimiah 6:16
You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness forever.
-- Psalm 16:11
"...[T]he real meaning of our life is to develop people who really love God and who radiate love, not in a sense that they feel a great deal of love, but that they simply are people full of love who keep the fires of love burning in the world. For that they have to be ... fully themselves -- real people."
-- Thomas Merton in Thomas Merton in Alaska
In a homily given November 19, 2015, Pope Francis noted, "We have preferred the path of war, the path of hatred, the path of enmity. ... It would do us good to ask for the gift of tears for this world that does not recognize the path of peace. Let us ask for conversion of hearts."
To foster this conversion of hearts, Contemplative Outreach is again partnering with our long-term friends at Spirituality & Practice to offer a year-long program to celebrate "The Path of Life," life as an ongoing practice in the evolution and unification of our hearts, minds and bodies -- a contemplative life lived in and through Christ, as Christ, dedicated to loving God and radiating that love to others. This is an embodied life rooted in silence, deep listening, and daily practice, while all the while attending to the daily round of responsibilities and relationships.
"The one who sees amidst the chaos,
the conflicts, the violence an all-pervasive current
of goodness, ordering all things, advancing all things,
from which all will arise and all will return.
To know this is to bear all the world’s ills
with suffering, yes, but suffering in the Light:
the Light that is to come, and yet,
most mysteriously, is already here."
-- excerpted from Silence Night, Holy Night online e-course
We invite you to join with us in making 2016 a time to enliven our individual and community practices, connected to a worldwide contemplative community of shared intention: spiritual companions practicing and consenting to the contemplative life ever more deeply together.
The year-long subscription series for $215 includes the following retreats and community opportunities: Two online retreats during the liturgical cycles of Lent and Advent, and two online retreats during Ordinary Time -- one on The Welcoming Prayer as consent-on-the-go in daily life and one on the Parables of Jesus as a model of wisdom for living. Between the e-courses, subscribers will receive a weekly meditation for reflection and sharing in an online Practice Group. Click on the title to read more about each part of this program.
- The Gift of Life with Thomas Keating, Mary Anne Best and Susan Rush. Lent: February 10 - March 25
- Wisdom for Living: The Parables of Jesus with Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach. May 16 - June 17
- Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer with Contemplative Outreach. October 3 - 28.
- Lumen Divina: A Retreat for Advent with Contemplative Outreach. November 27 - December 25.
- Word of the Week Practice Circle beginning on Epiphany, January 6, and continuing with weekly Sunday mailings between the other e-courses.
The year-long subscription will be available only up to the time of the Lenten course. After this, you will need to sign up for each offering individually.
The year-long Word of the Week Practice Circle is available only to those who subscribe to the annual series. Please note that the first Word of the Week mailing will go out on Wednesday January 6, 2016 (a change of date from our original scheduling). Subsequent group emails will go out on Sundays.
To subscribe to "The Path of Life" Annual Subscription Series and Word of the Week, click on the "Subscribe to E-Course" button below. Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.